The cafes and parlors, dubbed “JK rifure” for short, many of which are located in Akihabara, offer male customers ear-cleaning services, shoulder massages and even slaps to the face.
Of particular interest to the police is the option a customer has to take a staff member off the premises on a “walking date,” referred to as osanpo, at a rate of 5,000 yen for 30 minutes. In many cases, the jaunt will conclude with a sexual encounter inside a hotel room.
“Now, the girls are just going on walks. That’s it,” says a writer covering the fuzoku trade, which is the adult-entertainment biz. “It gives them peace of mind, and they are rushing into this part-time work.”
Yet there are cases when a little nookie is necessary. But instead of partaking in prostitution, the girls are passing their strolling partners onto full-blown sex clubs.
“A gal will con her customer into walking to (entertainment areas of) Minami and Abeno,” says an employee at a fuzoku joint in Minami. “From there, she’ll introduce him to either a girl’s bar or club. She is effectively working as a guide.”
The crackdowns in Tokyo have sent girls to Kansai, says a tout for a club. “You’ll see the girls around during the summer and winter vacations,” says the tout. “They are not unusual. I have become accustomed to seeing old guys walking with girls doing their best to speak in an Osaka dialect.”
The battle continues, concludes Shukan Jitsuwa. (A.T.)
Source: “Deri heru to kanzen renkei de ‘fuzoku annaijo’ kasuru Osaka Nipponbashi meido ten no osanpo saabisu,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Sept. 26, page 50)